Are you heading off to college in the fall? The dorms are a great place to live. It's been a few years since I was there, but I'm still in touch with many of my college friends. I'll never forget the late-night Euchre games, parties, reluctant study sessions, and (unfortunately) the complete lack of space.
Even though dorm rooms
are usually off-white, bland spaces roughly the size of a shoe box, you can still make them your own. In addition to posters, photographs, and other wall art, decorate
your room with items that do double-duty by looking great and serving a purpose.Storage
and other multi-use items are important for your dorm room. You're not limited to milk crates "borrowed" from a local restaurant (not that I know anyone who did that... ahem). I'll share some fun, decorative, and useful dorm room ideas after the break.
- Make fabric storage boxes to match your room -- they look great on a closet shelf or sitting next to your desk.
- Sew over-sized pillows in your choice of fabric. If you're using bunk beds, position the beds against a wall and place the pillows along the length of the bed to make an instant couch. They also make great floor pillows.
- Build a loft and customize it with a bookshelf, drawers, or other storage space on one end. Be sure to check with your university to see what rules and restrictions they have about lofts.
- Make a ribbon board -- it's just as useful as a regular bulletin board and far more attractive.
- Paint some inexpensive wooden clothespins. You can put a magnet on the back and stick them on your fridge or hang ribbon or wire along the wall as a place to clip the clothespins -- either way they're useful for hanging notes, reminders about upcoming assignments, photos, or ticket stubs from that awesome concert you just went to.
- Make use of every square inch of space by crafting a corner shelf.
- When I lived in the dorms, our closets didn't have doors -- they were just ugly, open spaces. Buy an inexpensive, expandable shower curtain rod and cover the space with a fabric curtain -- but maximize the curtain by sewing in pockets for extra storage.
Want some more help decorating your dorm? Check out Heather's post about designing your room online
. And if you're opting for an apartment instead of a dorm room, Bethany has some tips for you